WHAT WE DO
Through advocacy, we’re changing bowel cancer outcomes
We’ve been the strongest voice calling for national screening
Since our inception in 2010, Bowel Cancer NZ has been vocal in advocating for a national screening programme, which finally began to be rolled out in 2016. But that was just the beginning. We are currently:
- Calling for increased urgency for the nationwide rollout.
- Lobbying for bowel cancer screening to be dropped to age 50 for Māori immediately.
- Advocating to lower the age of all participants to 50 years once screening is implemented nationally, in line with international best practice.
- To meet the far-reaching aims of our 2020 manifesto: to achieve 10 goals within 10 years.
Our latest advocacy project: Call to Action 2025
Call to Action 2025 is a powerful plea to all levels of Government and community to work together to achieve seven key calls to action designed to significantly reduce the impact of bowel cancer by 2025.
- Additional support for District Health Boards to ensure full implementation of screening
- To address inequities in bowel cancer outcomes
- To develop a clear plan to increase access to screening to include all New Zealanders aged 50 to 59 years
- For comprehensive evidence-informed programmes to increase participation in NBSP
- For healthcare professionals to be informed of patients NSBP screening results
- For the general public and healthcare professionals to be made more aware of the symptoms and risk of bowel cancer
- Improved access to drug treatments for people with advanced bowel cancer
We’re proud to support these important projects and milestones: every one a further step towards beating bowel cancer.
2010 to 2016
2019 – 2020